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January 27, 2004 Tuesday

HEADLINE: JOHN KERRY INTERVIEW WITH FRONT-RUNNER

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CHARLES GIBSON, ABC NEWS

All right. Thanks very much, Bob Woodruff and the other correspondents up in New Hampshire.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) As we mentioned, you can sort of pick your poll. They all have differing margins of, between the top two candidates. But they all show John Kerry leading. So, we turn now to the front-runner, Senator John Kerry.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) Senator, when you get to the morning of vote day everybody is quoting polls and expectations. But one number that I noted, the latest Gallup poll says 32 percent of the folks up there are either still undecided or think they might change their vote. After all this time, all this money, all these speeches, you guys haven't convinced them?

SENATOR JOHN KERRY,

MASSACHUSETTS, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Well, it's the nature of New Hampshire and I have great respect for it. People here are extraordinarily independent-minded. And that's part of what makes New Hampshire so special. They really think about it.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) You nervous on the eve of this vote that expectations are too high for you in New Hampshire?

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SENATOR JOHN KERRY

Well, yesterday the polls were showing the race tighter and people were calling it a much closer race. I like that. I want to have people in a contest and realizing that this is important and coming out to vote. And we've got a terrific energy up here. I'm very, very confident about the team we've put together. We've worked, worked very hard to get where we are today. We've got an unbelievable group of young people, people of all ages, all walks of life, who are out there right now, early in the morning, who will be ready to help people get to the polls and will be fighting for every single vote.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) Senator, after New Hampshire, you turn from retail politics, where you go after one vote at a time, one state at a time, you go to wholesale politics. There will be seven states just a week from today.

SENATOR JOHN KERRY

Right. (inaudible).

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) Some candidates may try to concentrate on specific states. Are you going try to mount a campaign in all seven states next Tuesday?

SENATOR JOHN KERRY

Yes, I am. We will be campaigning one way or the other in all seven states.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) I want to ask a question about weapons of mass destruction. David Kay, who has been the chief weapons inspector ...

SENATOR JOHN KERRY

Right.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) ... now says, we're not going to find any stockpiles. Given that, do you now perhaps feel that your vote on the Bush war resolution might have been wrong?

SENATOR JOHN KERRY

Well, no, because the vote is a vote given in the context of that particular moment in time. And at that particular moment in time, there was a certain grouping of evidence and a certain reality regarding Saddam Hussein. As I've said all along, Charlie, there was a right way to do this and a wrong way to do it. The right way to do it was to build a legitimate international coalition to respect the United Nations inspection process, to allow it to play out, and to go to war legitimately as a last resort. Those are things that the President promised to do. Every single one of them are things the President didn't do. He broke his promises, and that's why I intend to hold him accountable in the course of this election. And that's why I think the American people will want to change, because they want a foreign policy that's based on truth and that actually makes America stronger. Doesn't put it at greater risk.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) Senator, good to talk to you. All the best. Thanks very much.

SENATOR JOHN KERRY

Thank you.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) You take care.

Copyright 2004 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

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